Nursing students make family dinner with McDonald's ingredients

Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Langley, B.C. – On Tuesday, 32 bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students and four nursing faculty members from Langley’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will be serving a special meal at Ronald McDonald House British Columbia for nearly 200 guests. The catch: most of the ingredients for the dinner are donated by Langley and Surrey-area McDonald’s restaurants, the same ingredients used to cook every McDonald’s meal. This is the third year for the dinner, which takes place once a semester.

The nursing students will be split into four teams and build a menu based on a particular theme. To create the meals, the nursing students will be cooking with the same ingredients used for McDonald’s favourites such as Big Macs, Happy Meals and Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfaits. These ingredients will be combined to create four savory and cultural three-course dinners. In the past, these have included Irish stew, Greek salad and Mexican chicken and beef tacos.

“We are very happy to help Kwantlen Polytechnic University support Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Langley McDonald’s Franchisee Ron Knight. “This is such a fun event. We’re always excited to see the creativity the students bring to the dinner and the innovative menus they design with our ingredients.”

“These dinners are an incredible way for our nursing students to interact with and learn from families who have a seriously ill child,” said KPU Nursing Faculty Connie Klimek. “It allows the students to tie their classroom experience to community support in a meaningful way.”

At this semester’s meal, the families will get to enjoy a selection of plates with Asian-fusion, Italian, Greek and Mexican flare. Along with the donation from the Langley McDonald’s restaurants, other ingredients are also provided by McDonald’s Franchisees Ron Renaud (Langley), Tom Latrou (Surrey), Cargill, Martin Brower and select local businesses including Terry’s No Frills Grocer.

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